Posts made in January, 2014

Re-imagining Tatian: The Damaging Effects of Polemical Rhetoric NAOMI KOLTUN-FROMM

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Library | 1 comment

Tatian, a second-century Christian apologist, is best known on the one hand for his much admired and only extant text, the Oratio ad Graecos, and on the other for heresy. Starting with Irenaeus, Tatian develops a reputation particu- larly among the western Fathers for heresy and extreme asceticism—including sexual renunciation, vegetarianism, and abstention from alcohol. In the late fourth century Tatian reappears as the reputed (and heretical) author of the Diatessaron, possibly the gospel harmony most popular in the Syriac-speaking churches. In medieval Syriac Christian writings, due to...

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